Chapter 1: Aftermath and Reorganisation

Though the military threat posed by Caesar's Legion waned in the immediate aftermath of the battle, the NCR was beset by problems in the months that followed. The overly-ambitious project of expansion pursued by the administration of Aaron Kimball ground to a halt with the withdrawal of NCR military forces from the Mojave Wasteland as Robert House consolidated his grip on New Vegas.

- excerpt from Ain't That A Kick In The Head: Trials And Tribulations Of The New California Republic After The Second Battle For Hoover Dam, by J. Horacek

"The evacuation of McCarran was perhaps the most complicated troop withdrawal, from a logistical perspective. Mr. House had given us a tight deadline to work to, and he made it very clear that any remaining military personnel would be treated as hostile after it had passed. Given the number of Securitrons ringing the base, he wasn't bluffing. It's just about possible we had the firepower to shoot our way out if we had to, but we would have taken heavy losses. Colonel Hsu deserves most of the credit for getting us all out; I heard that he was on the very last troop-truck out of there."

- Maj. L. Dhatri (ret.), as quoted in Patrolling the Mojave: The NCR in Nevada by Thomas Brown

PRESIDENT KIMBALL RESIGNS

- headline of The New Reno Tribune

"I have no desire to alienate the Republic. I only wish to lay claim to that which is mine, and safeguard it from would-be conquerors. My able lieutenant saved the lives of thousands of the NCR's soldiers through her actions in the battle; its leadership would do well to remember that. Henceforth, our relationship will be built on mutual trust and respect. Together, we can do great things."

- the public statement of Robert House upon ratification of the New Vegas Treaty (2282)

"I'm Mr. New Vegas, and my, have I got news for you. Trading caravans passing near to the area of land known as "The Divide" have reported rockets rising on trails of fire from the region, whilst caravans operating in the East have reported that Legion positions have been utterly devastated. One described it as, quote: "It was like looking into hell." And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have a special treat for you tonight: It's Dean Domino, the real deal himself, singing live from The Tops..."

- excerpt from a Radio New Vegas broadcast

"I looked back, just once. Saw the Fort on fire, robots swarming over it like ants. And then I thought the Legion was truly finished."

- "Paulus"

"Now, I ain't got much love for that hound dog in the Lucky 38, or his pet whore neither, but there's no sense in dyin' to try and prevent the tide comin' in. I tried to tell the King, but he wouldn't listen. Stubborn as a brahmin, he was, for all the good it did him. I got the hell out of Dodge while I could; it was clear what was gonna go down."

- excerpt from an interview with Pacer Burton for King's Gambit: Freeside, A History, by Kate Freedman

"My reaction? Shock. Absolute shock...nobody in Arizona really believed that the Legion could be broken in the field. Set back temporarily, sure. When that happened, heads rolled – everybody remembers the Burned Man, even if they daren't speak his name. But routed and fleeing? No. Legate Lanius, the Monster of the East...it's hard to believe that the Courier met him on the field and bested him with words. I met the Courier once, you know. The audacity of a woman – A woman! – walking into Caesar's fort and waking an army beneath his feet, then walking out again...Jesus, I have no idea how she did it."

- Dale Barton, as quoted in Bear and Bull: An Oral History of the NCR-Legion War

REFUGEES FLOODING WEST FROM ARIZONA

- headline of The New Reno Tribune

"Reports that refugees are abandoning Arizona en masse and flooding towards the NCR are not, as initially hoped, evidence that the citizenry under Legion hegemony would up sticks and move West once freed of Caesar's yoke. Stories have begun filtering in of untold death and destruction east of the Colorado. Urgently recommend that we get first-hand reliable information of what is happening in Arizona."

- report from Office of Army Intelligence field agent stationed at the Mojave Outpost

Disgraced general Lee Oliver was found dead in his quarters yesterday by a legal aide. Preliminary reports indicated that the general shot himself in the head with a 10mm pistol. The general was due to appear before an inquiry to explain why the NCR had lost possession of the Hoover Dam and all its military holdings in the Mojave Desert...

-excerpt from article in The Times of Arroyo

"The Courier, man. I saw her fighting on the dam itself. Me an' the rest of Charlie team were pinned down by some of Caesar's fuckers when she an' a coupla those Securitrons just laid into 'em. Man, I never seen anything like it. Didn't even fuckin' pause, just blew through 'em like they were nothing and strode on. She earned that fuckin' dam, man. Saved all of our asses."

- PFC W. Tucker, as quoted in Bear and Bull: An Oral History of the NCR-Legion War

"The golden giant and the Courier with the Old World flag on her back. It was quite a sight, let me tell you. The Courier was knee-deep in Legion corpses by then. I wasn't close enough to hear their exchange; what passed between them is lost to history. Eventually, Lanius just turned his back on the Courier and walked off. I could see the Courier's face just clearly enough to see a cold smile. It chilled me to the bone."

- the testimony of Ranger R. L. Jenkins

TV PRESENTER: Ladies and gentlemen, I am joined here tonight by our former president, Aaron Kimball.

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TV PRESENTER: Mr. Kimball, thank you for joining us tonight.

AARON KIMBALL: No problem, Anthony, it's – it's a pleasure to be here. And please, call me Aaron.

TV PRESENTER: Mr. Kimball, you are the first president in the history of the New California Republic to resign before your term of office has finished. Is there anything you'd like to say about that?

AARON KIMBALL: Well, I accomplished what I set out to achieve. I certainly don't view my time in the highest office of our country as a failure. Mistakes – mistakes were made, I'm sure. I believe that history will look on my presidency kindly. I've always seen myself as a man of the people, and if the people wanted me to step down, well, I'd oblige them.

TV PRESENTER: What do you say to those who have accused your administration of pursuing imperialist ambitions, that you endangered the Republic for short-term opportunistic land-grabs?

AARON KIMBALL: Well, Ant – can I call you Ant? – my answer to those people would be, well, ask yourselves, has the Republic ever been as safe or as prosperous as it was during my presidency? I – I merely sought to consolidate the gains that we made in the Mojave after the successful military campaigns, of which I was a part, that I believed should be safeguarded for the future of this fine country, the greatest country in the world.

TV PRESENTER: But it was all in vain, surely, when Robert House pushed –

AARON KIMBALL (interrupting): Can I – can I stop you there, please. We've done extremely well out of our renewed relationship with Mr. House. He's got Hoover Dam working at close to 100% capacity, he's turned New Vegas into a highly beneficial trading partner – if we've lost anything, it's because of the short-sightedness of the late General Oliver and his so-called "strategies".

TV PRESENTER: It was your administration that appointed Lee Oliver as overall military commander of NCR forces stationed in the Mojave –

AARON KIMBALL (interrupting): At the time he seemed a prudent choice, yes –

TV PRESENTER: – over recommendations that Chief Hanlon take the post –

AARON KIMBALL (interrupting): Chief – Chief Hanlon was deemed, um, unsuitable to the post. I thought that, all things considered, his masterful grasp of tactics better served the Republic in the field, I didn't think that he would be well suited to the politics of the role. General Oliver, whatever other faults he had, was a politically-savvy operator, who I thought would be better at handling its, er, complexities.

TV PRESENTER: Okay, let's talk about something else. Do you think that the NCR's image has been damaged by its role in the Mojave?

AARON KIMBALL: No, no of course not. We came to the Mojave in the interests of spreading democracy and the rule of law, who can argue that – that's a bad thing?

- excerpt from the transcript of Politics Today With Anthony Carstein

Posthuman Rights Bill Passes In Wake of Edwards v. New California Republic Army

- headline of The Boneyard Post

The initial withdrawal of NCR and Legion forces from the region now known only as "The Divide" was overlooked at the time. On the NCR side, the ragged soldiers that emerged from the initial cataclysm there were reluctant to talk about what they had witnessed, and military attention was soon diverted away back to the Mojave. Records of the survivors indicate an unusually high rate of suicides and alcoholism. As for the Legion, surviving reports on the matter have universally been curt and minimal. Whether this was due to typical Legion stoicism or a similar lack of desire to report on what happened there in detail is a matter of some speculation. In any case, the matter received renewed interest in the aftermath of the Second Battle for Hoover Dam.

- excerpt from The Grapple For The West: The NCR-Legion War, by L. Bishop and A. Kohlberg

"We'd just finished mopping up a group of Legion scouts when the Divide exploded. This was before that region became known as "The Divide", of course. This was what gave it its name. It was nightmarish, absolutely nightmarish...it was all chaos and confusion, but I remember one incident particularly vividly. A soldier – not one of mine, thankfully – stumbled out from the dust and the rocks, his skin hanging off him, his flesh red and raw. He was still alive, and screaming...I had three men hold him down, and ordered the medic to do what she could. Eventually, she just looked up at me and shook her head. She gave him a full syringe of Med-X, didn't do anything. I couldn't stand it any longer, and shot him point-blank in the forehead. The howling didn't stop...the rising winds shrieked at us with the voices of dead men..."

- excerpt from the debriefing of Col. M. Royez (ret.) after the initial NCR withdrawal from the area referred to as "The Divide"

"Profligate supply-line severed, heavy casualties sustained. Further action unnecessary; recommend pulling all remaining forces from area. Ave Caesar."

- radio communiqué from centurion Gaius Magnus regarding the incident that created the Divide, recovered from archived Legion reports

"Ariadne Sikorsky was sworn in as President of the New California Republic this morning in front of the Capitol Building. In her inaugural address, President Sikorsky stressed that her presidency would be a caretaker role until the next presidential election, though she did not rule out accepting the nomination of her party. The president went on to say that her administration would focus on drawing-down NCR military forces deployed outside the Republic. This came as no surprise to those who noted the often tempestuous confrontations that characterised her relationship with President Kimball during her time as Vice President."

- newsreader for Republic Broadcasting Corporation, The News At Twelve

"For too long, our soldiers have bled and died outside our borders for the sake of those who resented their presence. For too long, we have been engaged in military adventures costing millions of taxpayer dollars that have drained the growth of our economy and the vitality of our nation. For too long, we have been focused on the expansion of our territory at the expense of our societal needs. Well, I say: no more. From this point, we will focus on strengthening our people and reinvigorating our economy. We are no longer needed in the Mojave: the power and water of Hoover Dam flows to our cities in abundance, and we have a formidable ally in the shape of Robert House. Our eastern borders are stronger, not weaker, for our withdrawal."

- excerpt from the inaugural address of President Ariadne Sikorsky

"Ariadne wasn't naïve, she knew that the threat from the East remained. She was, however, determined to avoid the mistakes of her predecessor. In a way, she felt herself in a privileged position: she could use her interim administration as a test-bed for her policies, and if they were successful and popular she could campaign for re-election on that basis. If they didn't work out, well, so what? She was only there as a caretaker, trying to keep things in order for the next president. It was a canny bit of political manoeuvring."

- excerpt from Political Animal: A Memoir, by former Presidential press secretary Jane Prince

"The choice of newly-elected Senator Hanlon for Secretary of Defence was a smart one, in my opinion. The senator had been riding high on a wave of popularity over his public denunciation of Kimball's hawkishness, and his former role as head of the Rangers provided the president with a seasoned and experienced advisor with regards to military matters. The fruits of their relationship can be seen in the expansion of the Rangers even as the regular military began demobilising thousands of regular troops after the Brotherhood of Steel had finally been brought to heel."

- excerpt from an interview with James Nesbitt, former Chief of Staff, conducted by Times of Arroyo journalist Frank Marshal

TREATY SIGNED WITH THE BROTHERHOOD OF STEEL

- headline of The New Reno Tribune

The destruction of the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel, rumoured to be on the orders of Robert House, finally convinced the elders of the remaining Western chapters that further conflict with the New California Republic was both useless and ultimately detrimental to the Brotherhood's survival. No longer overstretched and undermanned by the occupation of the Mojave, NCR military forces were soon able to bring their full might to bear against the Brotherhood. Bit by bit, the Brotherhood was being ground down inexorably as the NCR began deploying large quantities of energy weapons against them in a relentless campaign against their remaining bunkers. The mediation of ex-Scribe Veronica Santangelo of the Followers of the Apocalypse was invaluable in overcoming the bitterness and suspicion instilled by the brutal conflict, and the ensuing pact with the Republic allowed the Brotherhood to emerge freely for the first time in years.

- excerpt from Ain't That A Kick In The Head: Trials And Tribulations Of The New California Republic After The Second Battle For Hoover Dam, by J. Horacek

"I expressed my concerns that such a rapid draw-down of the Army could lead to leaving us vulnerable to outside threats. The President nodded, and said that she had carefully considered the most responsible way to reduce our forces whilst securing the Republic's borders. To compensate for the reduced manpower available to the Army, the Rangers would be expanded and used to continually scout out territory outside of direct NCR control, which would allow us to retain a good picture of what was going on in the outside world whilst making it clear to everyone outside our borders that the NCR was ending its expansion for now. Still, the radical step to shift the Army to a volunteer-only force took me aback. She said, and Secretary Hanlon agreed, that what we stood to gain in professionalism and training balanced out what we lost in sheer numbers. I remained unconvinced, but at least the administration had some kind of a plan in place."

- excerpt from Soldier, Shut Up And Soldier by Gen. James Hsu (ret.)

"OAI [Office of Army Intelligence] pitched a fit about the Divide thing, let me tell you. Someone had figured out that there was an old US military facility there and used it to hit Legion positions in Arizona. Worse, OAI hadn't the faintest inkling that a) there was actually a pre-War missile base there and b) it had been activated and used offensively. Lucky for us that it was the Legion that fell foul of that someone's wrath and not the NCR, or we'd have gotten a dose of instant sunshine and nobody could have done anything about it. Despite the military draw-down and the reduction of NCR military operations outside of NCR territory, the Sikorsky administration agreed that the Divide needed investigating immediately. It was also agreed that this information needed to be kept quiet, both to avoid a panic and to prevent alerting the NCR's enemies that such a thing existed. The world's only just beginning to recover from the Old World's mistakes; history cannot be allowed to repeat itself as it did in Arizona."

- anonymous Followers of the Apocalypse source within the Office of Army Intelligence